Tithe Barn Court Fire: Update

24 November 2016

The apartments affected by the fire at Tithe Barn Court, Newark on Wednesday, November 23, have now been handed back to the council’s housing management company Newark and Sherwood Homes from the fire authority.

Investigations have concluded that the fire was accidental – involving electrics. The apartments underwent full periodic testing, which is required every five years, in July of this year.

In total eight apartments were evacuated for safety with two suffering significant damage. Residents from these properties are being housed in alternative accommodation while comprehensive repairs are undertaken. Newark and Sherwood Homes staff have supported residents who need it to access furniture, clothing and other essentials from the Furniture Project and Every Day Champions Centre. Escorted access will also be facilitated to the flats to enable recovery of their possessions undamaged by the fire, to speed up settling in to their temporary accommodation.

Newark and Sherwood Homes remains in contact with all residents and those from the six flats undamaged by the fire will be able to return to their home once final safety testing has been completed.

We would express again our thanks to everyone who helped manage this incident – the joint effort from the police and fire services, the health services in supporting our residents and The Furniture Project, Western Power and Transco.

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